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The winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2019 have explained a vital ability – how cells adapt to the availability of oxygen. These discoveries have opened the door to new strategies for combating anaemia, cancer and many other diseases and are now being investigated further at institutions including Karolinska Institutet.
Refugees who fled to Sweden were no more likely to die by suicide than migrants who moved to the country on their own terms, according to a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and UCL in the U.K. However, the risk of suicide for both groups increased the longer they stayed in Sweden and was after 20 years almost on par with that of the native population. The study is published in The British Journal of Psychiatry.
Researcher at Karolinska Institutet have identified the first genetic link to CGRP signaling and cluster headache. CGRP is a neuropeptide that can trigger both migraines and cluster attacks and now several drugs are successfully launched that have CGRP or its receptor as their target. The results are published in a study in Cephalagia Report.
New liquid nitrogen feeding pipes are being installed to the EM-facility at the Wargentin-house. Therefore, the liquid nitrogen feeding to cryo-freezers will be interrupted from noon on Monday 21 October and until Tuesday morning 22 October.
Congratulations to Lennart Ilke, senior adviser at Karolinska Institutet’s Property and Facilities Office! He now also has the distinction of having translated to Swedish one of the books by the Polish winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in literature, Olga Tokarczuk.
Johan von Schreeb is appointed Professor of Global Disaster Medicine at the Department of Public Health Sciences, from 15 October 2019.
Professor Emeritus Gunnar Höglund, doctor and researcher, died on October 3, 2019, 88 years old. His importance in highlighting the importance of medical education research and its development is unmatched in the history of Karolinska Institutet.
University of Washington in Seattle, USA, has decided a building under construction will be named after the late Karolinska Institutet-professor Hans Rosling. The center is mainly financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, and is expected to be finished in 2020.
A digital system for individual study plans is now being gradually implemented at KI. New doctoral students at four departments (MedS, KBH, CNS and NVS) are the first ones to use the system.
Two research projects at Karolinska Institutet have been awarded synergy grants from the European Research Council (ERC). In total, the researchers and their international partners were awarded about EUR 19 million (SEK 209 million) over a six-year period for studies that aim to widen our understanding of disease-causing fat cells and unlock new cancer treatments.
Culture Week 2019 is finally here. Between October 14-18, you as a KI employee, affiliated staff member, student or alumnus are invited to experience and enjoy the cultural diversity at Karolinska Institutet.
Altogether SEK 170 million. This is this year's allocation from the European Commission under the funding programme for health in Horizon2020. A total of 20 research projects at Karolinska Institutet are being supported, three of them also coordinated from here: a survey of what we are exposed to in the environment; mapping of the brain's different nerve cells; and a project to bring down the mortality rate in childbirth in four African countries.
Tips from KI Grants Office about current calls.
A steady stream of curious students and staff passed by the new gym facility to train, play team sports, battle intense table tennis matches, or attend engaging lunch lectures with KI researchers during Grand Opening Week.

Charlotte Ytterberg, Susanne Guidetti and Staffan Josephsson will receive grants.
How can we use digital tools to develop education and prepare students for work in the future of healthcare? This was one of the main topics when closer to 200 teachers gathered on the 2019 Teachers’ Day, held on 2 October.
StratNeuro retreat 2019 at Sånga-Säby Kursgård on Ekerö was as usual interesting and well attended.
Laura Crucianelli, researcher at the Department of Neuroscience, tells us about the "autonome sensory meridian response" (asmr) in podcast Medicinvetarna #24.
People with low scores on intelligence tests in adolescence run a higher risk of suicide and suicide attempt later in life. That is according to a study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden that followed almost 50,000 Swedish men from the 1970s until recently. The study is published in the journal Psychological Medicine.
Associate Professor Annika Vänje is the newly appointed research leader for a research and collaboration programme aimed at combating sexual harassment within academia which was started this past spring. She is now starting her work, aimed at creating a better work and study environment and, by extension, higher quality in the university’s research and education.
Hi Stina Ek, PhD-student at the Division of Aging Research Center. On October 25th you will defend your thesis ”Predictors and consequences of injurious falls among older adults : a holistic approach”, what's the main focus of the thesis?
Atopic dermatitis and psoriasis affect more than 300 million people worldwide and are highly variable in terms of onset, severity, progression over time and response to treatment. BIOMAP will examine the causes and mechanisms of these conditions by identifying the biomarkers responsible for the variation in disease outcome.
Transgender individuals who underwent gender-affirming surgery were less likely to seek mental health treatment or attempt suicide in the years following the procedure, according to a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Yale School of Public Health published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.
To continue the work at the Andrology Laboratory with clinical applications, and scientific and practical development, we need donor sperm.
The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.
Atopic dermatitis and psoriasis affect more than 300 million people worldwide and are highly variable in terms of onset, severity, progression over time and response to treatment. BIOMAP will examine the causes and mechanisms of these conditions by identifying the biomarkers responsible for the variation in disease outcome.
Seven projects at Karolinska Institutet have been awarded the Verify for Impact Grants, which aim to encourage KI researchers, and others employed at KI, to explore and understand the potential impact of their work. These grants are part of an ‘Internal and outreach’ effort approved by KI President Ole Petter Ottersen.
On October 7, Dr Jonas F Ludvigsson will make his first appearance as the ”in-house pediatrician” of Swedish television TV4. He will participate regularly in the television show ”Malou efter tio” to discuss health and disease in children.
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have uncovered a chromosome-wide mechanism that keeps the gene expression of sex chromosomes in balance in our cells. The findings shed light on molecular reasons for early miscarriage and could be important for the emerging field of regenerative medicine. The study is published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.
Wenjing Tao from the group Upper GI Surgery will defend her thesis "Cancer after bariatric surgery : risk and prognosis" on October 4th, 2019. Main Supervisor is Professor Jesper Lagergren.
The Swedish Magazine Fokus has ranked Henrik Ehrsson, from the Department of Neuroscience, as number 9 out of the 100 most prolific and quoted researchers in Sweden in the area of Medicine & Life Science.
Tips from KI Grants Office about current calls.
The reception in Aula Medica is manned with hired staff these days, which implies that access card production is limited and the profile shop is closed. The webshop is open as usual.
To highlight the World Diabetes Day on November 14 eight internationally recognized scientists are visiting KI and will present their recent findings in the areas of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, gut hormone regulation of metabolism, beta cell pathogenesis and circadian metabolism. Please see the poster and program below.

This is an open symposium, free of charge, however registration is required, follow the link.
Four research projects at Karolinska Institutet receive funding from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) in the project call of 2019. In all, researchers at KI are awarded close to SEK 135 million over a five-year period for studies into MS, mitochondrial disease, and vaccine against rheumatism.
Researchers have developed a new variant of the gene editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 that has the potential to increase precision during gene therapy in humans. The new variant reduced unintended changes in DNA compared to its wildtype, suggesting it could play a role in gene therapies that require high precision. The study by researchers from Karolinska Institutet’s Ming Wai Lau Centre of Reparative Medicine in Hong Kong is published in the journal PNAS.
A new way of producing nanoparticles that can function as carriers in so-called mRNA vaccines has been developed by researchers at the Hong Kong node of Karolinska Institutet – the Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine – and the MIT, USA. Using the method, which is described in the scientific journal Nature Biotechnology, the researchers have identified a new class of carrier molecules that inhibit tumour growth and prolong survival in mouse models of cancer.
On 16 September, LIME staff was invited to a workshop with the purpose to discuss and come up with ideas on how the department could contribute and support the implementation of Strategy 2030 at KI.
Over 100 representatives from the Swedish life science sector participated in the hearing, whose main purpose was to gather thoughts and input for the SciLifeLab’s road map for the next decade.
Tips from KI Grants Office about current calls.
At Karolinska Institutet several staff and students are deeply committed to reduce the environmental footprint. One of the many departments at KI taking an active approach to climate issues is the Department of Clinical Neuroscience.
While blood samples can reliably identify people with a low risk of developing severe liver disease, better methods are needed in primary care for identifying people in most need of care. These are some of the conclusions of a large registry-based study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet published in the esteemed journal Gastroenterology.
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have taken part in the largest study to date on the genetic risk factors for multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, which is published today in the journal Science, corroborates earlier studies and provides new clues as to what causes this neurological disease. The resulting map will prove a vital resource for future researchers and could one day lead to new, more potent drugs.
Hello Claes Frostell, professor and senior physician at the Department of Clinical Sciences at Danderyd Hospital who as of September 1 is KI’s scientific representative for two years.
The partnership between KI and the Mayo Clinic in the US is celebrating its 25th year. Since inception, the collaboration has supported a great many successful research projects and innovations. Sophie Erhardt has recently been appointed as KI’s academic coordinator for the collaborative platform.
To bridge the gap between individual-focused clinical medicine and societal approaches, the course administration for the course ”Hälsa i samhälle och miljö” once again organised a panel debate in collaboration with the Swedish Society of Medicine’s student and junior doctor section. The theme was “Sickness insurance certification by young doctors – how can we improve praxis”.
Two recently graduated students from KI’s Global Master’s Programme in Nutrition Science were among the top 3 teams competing in the Baltic Sea Young Planner’s Contest in Poland. One of them was in the winning team.
The linking of the ID and Accessystem IDAC to ki.se will begin this afternoon at five PM and is estimated to take a few hours. The transition to IDAC has gone very well and you can now log in to the Drupal and work again.
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